Today is Friday, July 13, the 194th day of 2018 with 171 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Venus.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include U.S. businessman John Jacob Astor IV in 1864; Dave Garroway, a host of TV's Today Show, in 1913; former HUD Secretary, congressman and pro football star Jack Kemp in 1935; actor Bob Crane in 1928; actor Patrick Stewart in 1940 (age 78); actor Harrison Ford in 1942 (age 76); musician Roger McGuinn in 1942 (age 76); Rubik's Cube inventor Erno Rubik in 1944 (age 74); comedian Cheech Marin in 1946 (age 72); sports commentator Tony Kornheiser in 1948 (age 70); actor Didi Conn in 1951 (age 67); country singer Louise Mandrell in 1954 (age 64); screenwriter/director Cameron Crowe in 1957 (age 61); actor Ken Jeong in 1969 (age 49); actor Colton Haynes in 1988 (age 30); actor Leo Howard in 1997 (age 21); actor Wyatt Oleff in 2003 (age 15).


On this date in history:

In 1863, opposition to the Federal Conscription Act triggered New York City riots in which at least 120 people died and hundreds were injured.

In 1898, Guglielmo Marconi was awarded a patent for wireless telegraphy -- the radio.

In 1960, Democrats nominated Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts for president against GOP Vice President Richard Nixon.

In 1977, a state of emergency was declared in New York City during a 25-hour power blackout.

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In 1985, musicians and celebrities gathered at arenas around the world to hold a 16-hour Live Aid concert, raising more than $125 million in famine relief for Africa.

In 1992, Yitzhak Rabin became Israel's new prime minister, ending the hard-line Likud Party's 15-year reign.

In 1998, Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto resigned, a victim of the country's economic woes.

In 2002, the George W. Bush administration said that fiscal 2002 would have a deficit of $165 billion despite the $127 billion surplus recorded for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2001.

In 2005, a judge in New York sentenced former WorldCom Chief Executive Officer Bernard Ebbers to 25 years in prison for his part in what was described as the largest fraud in U.S. corporate history.

In 2008, the U.S. Treasury Department announced a plan to save major government-backed mortgage companies known as Fannie Mac and Freddie Mac with billions of dollars in investments and loans.

In 2010, George Steinbrenner, the long-time owner of the New York Yankees, died from a heart attack. He was 80.

In 2013, neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in a gated community in Florida. The case provoked a national debate on "stand your ground" laws and racial profiling.

In 2017, director Christopher Nolan's World War II-era drama Dunkirk premiered in London. The film won three Academy Awards -- for film editing, sound editing and sound mixing.

A thought for the day: "Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. Our requirements for world leadership, our hopes for economic growth and the demands of citizenship itself ... all require the maximum development of every young American's capacity." -- John F. Kennedy in 1961